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.
Away from clinic, I am a lecturer, supervisor and mentor in the health and fitness industry.
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.
During the three-year ION course, I studied with world leading providers in personal training including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), The Grey Institute, Functional Movement Systems, and Cor-Kinetic. I then started to understand the importance of movement and exercise within the framework of digestive health, immune function and more. Did you know research has shown significant improvement in IBS using body awareness therapy – something that participants were taught and supported in by physiotherapists!?
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.
More recently I have trained with NLP Life, certifying as a NLP Practitioner, and, 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 we face are behavioural. Many of us know what we ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t do’ yet still struggle.
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.
I now run clinic in Weybridge, Surrey, and also online/remotely via skype/FaceTime and telephone.
I also have a podcast, The Alex Manos Podcast, where I speak to Functional Medicine practitioners, exercise physiologists, life coaches and psychologists. You can listen via numerous podcast platforms such as iTunes as well as on my website: https://www.alexmanos.co.uk/the-alex-manos-podcast/.
This gives Alex a unique breadth of experience to support his clients through food, movement and coaching.
Alex has has a MSc in Personalised Nutrition and wrote his dissertation on Glucocorticoid Resistance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- MSc Personalised Nutrition
- BSc Nutritional Therapy
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
- EXOS Performance Coach
- NLP Practitioner
- CAFS – Certified in Applied Functional Science
- 3D MAPS
I am a member with The Institute For Functional Medicine, a nutritional therapist, and writer for various health and wellbeing publications.
In my previous career, I was a journalist and magazine editor. I spent years interviewing famous figures, attending industry events and gathering stories for tight deadlines. It was exciting work but, with long hours and little sleep, my health began to suffer.
Through conducting my own research, I addressed my diet and other lifestyle habits. I soon noticed a dramatic difference in my wellbeing, and was compelled to learn more!
After three years of intensive study, I graduated from London’s College of Naturopathic Medicine with a distinction. I subsequently undertook training to become a metabolic balance® certified coach, and I am a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
I am also a member of BANT, the regulatory body for nutrition professionals, and, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
In addition to working with clients, I deliver keynotes as part of corporate wellbeing programmes, and consult for consumer brands. Drawing on my editorial experience, I also write evidence-based health features for various publications.
I am passionate about helping people to take charge of their health—and their lives.