We all know the saying ‘you are what you eat’, and it still stands true. Even though many foods are useful outside the body (yoghurt face mask, cucumber eye patches, and oat scrubs), they are even more useful working from the inside. If you want healthy hair or smooth skin, then eat these foods. They will work from the inside out!

You don’t need the latest superfoods to look (and feel) great. More often than not, these foods are already in your kitchen. Here are the best foods if you…

…want to lose weight

Foods that are filling, while still low in calories will help to boost your metabolism and will make you less prone to gaining weight.

The best food? Brown rice – use it to make fried rice, or use it together with beans or lentils when making casseroles.

…want great skin

To keep your skin supple, it needs to stay hydrated, and for this you need omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats will nourish your skin from the inside and will give you a glowing complexion.

The best food? Salmon – make a healthy dinner with grilled salmon fillets and a green salad on the side.

…want to lower your cholesterol

Good fats are the best way to increase your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, while lowering the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.

The best food? Avocados – eat them on toast, or chop them up and add them to a salad. You can even use them to make a smoothie!

…want beautiful hair

Hair is made up of about 95% of the protein keratin. So, getting in good sources of protein can actually help your hair to grow more beautifully.

The best food? Eggs – they are rich in protein and biotin, both of which is needed for hair growth. Eat them poached on toast, or add boiled eggs to a salad.

…want a flat stomach

To prevent gas and bloating, you need to give your good gut bacteria a boost.

The best food? Yoghurt – it’s rich in probiotics that will help the microflora of your gut to balance out and keep everything ‘in check’.

…want to reduce puffy eyes

Sometimes puffy eyes are a result of excess water that build up (fluid retention). Try to reduce your sodium intake, as high sodium consumption increases fluid retention.

The best food? Parsley – it helps your kidneys to get rid of excess fluids in the body and will reduce eye puffiness. Add parsley to stews, soups, and salads.