Eating healthy is a vital part of living a yogic lifestyle; the body is the vehicle for the soul, and you’re going to get a lot more mileage out of this life if you preserve and protect it. With that said, why not spruce up our features with our most prized natural resource: food.

Long before neatly packaged vitamin supplements and beauty products, men and women relied entirely on whole foods for nourishment inside and out. Even when it came to makeup, women in many different cultures would use berries for a bit of rouge, and the Venetian Courtesans would even use lemon juice to lighten their hair and give it an appealing scent.

Today, we have so much at our fingertips, we forget sometimes to keep it simple. So what can we put into our bodies to give us what we need from the inside out, rather than relying on what we can use to cover it up?

Hair/Nails

A common supplement taken for hair and nails is biotin, but you don’t have to take the supplement to reap the benefits. Instead, increase foods in your diet that promote cell-growth and have biotin: Spinach, avocado, peanuts, almonds, and lentils.

Eyes

Beta-carotene is a type of vitamin A, and it’s what gives veggies, like carrots, their orange color. Carrots are hands-down the most well-know food for eye health, but there are plenty of others that protect retina, lens clouding, cataracts, and even give your eye a sparkle: Spinach, oranges, berries, almonds, and lots of water!

Smile

We all know what not to eat when it comes to our pearly whites, but what should we eat to protect them? Obviously steer clear of sugary foods, but add a few things to help prevent bacteria from growing rapidly and to reduce plaque build-up: tea, spinach, apples, raisins, and cranberries.

Skin

Our skin is our the largest organ and most prone to damage. Taking care of your skin from an early age will do wonders for your overall health and appearance down the road. Foods high in biotin, as we discussed earlier, are great for the skin, but here are a few more: dark chocolate, green tea, tomatoes, oats, olive oil and walnuts.

Notice how many of these have the same foods or foods that go well together. This makes meal planning and cooking so much easier. You may also look up some recipes for masks and moisturizers using these vitamin-rich foods. You’ll save money and get direct exposure to the nutrients without all the added chemicals.