Nothing ruins a beautiful summer day faster than the party flu. Seriously, how did the guys from The Hangover make it look so easy to even stand up?! We’ve teamed up with Alyse Levine, RD, founder of Nutritionbite, to create the ultimate list of foods that can turn your happy hour into a happy morning!

20130902_pricklypearPrickly Pear Cactus Juice
When to drink it: Before you go out.
Why: The uh-mazing hangover prevention power of this juice was studied at Tulane University. Participants who drank the juice five hours before drinking were nearly 50% less hungover than those who consumed a placebo. Juice drinkers are rumored to take the form of the annoying roommate who wakes you up at the crack of noon the next day.

When to drink it: Before you go out.
Why: Milk slows down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed, making the potential crash into hangover territory less drastic.

When to eat them: Before you go out.
Why: Didn’t see this one coming, huh?! Surprisingly, salty foods such as pickles help restore the body’s electrolytes that are lost during your cocktail fest.

When to eat it: Before you go out.
Why: Drinking depletes your body of nutrients, so start thinkin’ about drinkin’ at dinnertime! To stock up on B vitamins, fill your plate with some tasty hummus.

20130902_liquor_thumbHigh-Quality Liquor
When to drink it: Um, when you’re drinking.
Why: Your wallet may love bottom shelf liquor, but your future self does not. Alyse said, “Spend a little extra on your booze. The lower the quality, the more congeners. Congeners are the primary agent in alcohol (primarily champagne and whiskey) responsible for causing those brutal hangovers.”

When to eat them: Before you go out, and the next morning.
Why: Eggs are your super food when it comes to avoiding or relieving a hangover! Eating eggs before you go out will prepare your body to break down the toxins in alcohol, since eggs are rich in the amino acid cysteine. For the morning after, Alyse said eggs and other high-quality sulfur-containing foods, like garlic and onions, will speed up the detox process. It is also highly recommended to apologize to whomever smooches you after that garlic and onion omelet.

20130902_coconutwater_thumbCoconut Water
When to drink it: First thing the next morning.
Why: That slap of awful you feel right when you wake up? That’s largely thanks to dehydration. Coconut water not only rehydrates you, it also restores the balance of your sodium and potassium levels.

20130902_dandelion_thumbDandelion Root
When to drink it: Throughout the next day.
Why: Dandelion root, which can be found in certain teas, increases urine flow. Yup, praise the pee today! It helps to rid your body of the toxins that are making you feel like death.

When to eat them: The next day.
Why: Once you can hold down some food, cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale, are your best friends. To get a hefty dose of nutrients in a hurry, sip on a delish veggie juice blend that contains carrots, beets, parsley, and ginger.

xx, The FabFitFun Team