UK BASED HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPERT
Despite being one of the UK’s leading Functional Medicine practitioners specialising in SIBO and gut related disorders as well as mould illness and mycotoxins, my interests further extend into physical therapy, movement, resiliency, life coaching, nutritional therapy, and biohacking.
More recently I have become interested in the healing power of psychedelics and breathwork. I’ve made it my life’s purpose to learn anything and everything about health, so that I can better serve my client’s goals to reach greater levels of health and happiness.
Clinician, Trainer, Coach, Mentor.
One of the most highly trained health coaches in the UK
I am an Institute For Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP), with a MSc in Personalised Nutrition, a 1st class degree in Nutritional Therapy, and a background in personal training. I am also studying to be a Transformational Life Coach.
I also lecture at various colleges and institutions including The Institute Of Optimum Nutrition and on the MSc program at The Centre For Nutritional Education and Lifestyle Management.
My own health journey
I was a keen athlete growing up. A plague of injuries however, in my teenage years, fuelled my passion for personal training. It was when I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) at 18, that both my passion for nutrition, and, my journey really began. At 18, rather than being out on the rugby pitch with my friends, I was having to sleep for up to two hours, struggling with fatigue, brain fog, stomach cramps, and terrible acne. Told I might have to live with IBS for the rest of my life, I questioned the view and began carrying out my own research.
This led me to study at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) where I graduated as a Nutritional Therapist.
My journey to becoming a health expert
During the three-year ION course, I studied with world leading providers in personal training including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), EXOS, The Grey Institute, Functional Movement Systems, and Cor-Kinetic. I then started to understand the importance of movement and exercise within the framework of holistic health.
I went on to complete a degree in Nutritional Therapy at The Centre of Nutritional Education and Lifestyle Management, achieving a 1st class Honours, and then a MSc in Personalised Nutrition.
Through this period I also certified in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute, and as a certified Performance Coach through both NASM and EXOS.
I am currently certifying with Animas Centre Of Coaching, as a Transformational Life Coach. This I felt was essential to do, as so many of the barriers I, and my clients, were facing seemed to be behavioural. Many of us know what we ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t do’, yet we still struggle to make the required changes.
In 2016 I graduated from The Institute For Functional Medicine, at the time being one of approximately 18 practitioners in the UK holding this certification.
In 2018 I co-founded Healthpath which offers at-home gut testing to the general public. As well as receiving an in-depth report of your results, you also receive personalised recommendations from a registered nutritional therapist.
In 2019 I launched with two colleagues ‘The Applied Functional Medicine Mentoring Program’ (www.AFMMP.co.uk) where we mentor healthcare practitioners entering the Functional Medicine space. This includes both education and case study based learning. We price ourselves on providing real clinical value rather than protocol based education.
It was also in 2019 when I had my first breathwork and psychedelic experience at the renowned Synthesis Retreat in the Netherlands. This experience was one of the most profound of my life and led to my training in breathwork to offer this powerful healing tool to my clients. It also reinforced my belief and understanding in the mind-body connection and the role trauma plays in our health – and we have all experienced trauma.
In 2020 I certified as an Oxygen Advantage Breathwork Instructor. Through my clinical work this year I also became acutely aware of the role mould illness is playing in chronic health conditions such as chronic fatigue and SIBO. I have a dedicated section of my blog to this, check it out here, and I also deliver a module on this topic for AFMMP.
I was also asked to join the team at Exhale Coffee where I have the position of Chief Wellness Officer. Check out the section of my blog dedicated to the health benefits of coffee here.
Finally, my wife Katie fell pregnant and we are due our first child in March 2021.
Current Developments: 2021
I am currently training to become a transformational breathwork facilitator.
I now run a virtual clinic (via zoom) and have the privilege of supporting clients from around the world.
The Alex Manos Podcast
- 5 star rated podcast
- 70+ reviews on iTunes
- One of the leading Alternative Health podcasts in the UK
Here you can hear me speaking to leading experts in Functional Medicine, exercise, psychology, and all other things health, completely for free. Listen via numerous podcasting platforms such as iTunes and Acast, as well as on my website.
I have an MSc in Personalised Nutrition and wrote my dissertation on Cortisol Resistance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have also completed Dr. Siebecker’s SIBO certification.
- MSc Personalised Nutrition
- BSc Nutritional Therapy
- Institute For Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)
- Dr. Siebecker Trained SIBO Practitioner
- Oxygen Advantage Breathwork Instructor
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
- EXOS Performance Coach
- NLP Life Practitioner
- FMS (Functional Movement Systems)
- CAFS – Certified in Applied Functional Science
- 3D MAPS
- StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor