Mercury retrograde is here again, but what does that even mean? In the most simple explanation possible, mercury retrograde is when mercury appears to be going backward as Earth passes it. Ironically, Mercury is actually speeding past Earth during this time period. Every planet goes retrograde, but for some reason Mercury seems to affect us the most on Earth. Mercury goes retrograde for about three and a half weeks and then it will appear going forward again. 

Check out all the times Mercury will go into retrograde during 2017. 

Why does Mercury retrograde affect us more than other planet retrogrades?

Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth, and travel. Because of this, when Mercury goes retrograde, all things related to communication, clear thinking, truth and travel go backwards or awry. Basically, everything starts getting messy and tangled up in life. 

People tend to go a little crazy during Mercury retrograde

Everyone reacts differently to the retrograde, but it's important to keep yourself grounded. There are no proven facts on what foods you should and shouldn't eat during Mercury retrograde, but it would make sense to keep calming foods in your diet. Since everything else in your life will be going wild, it's important to keep balance in what you are consuming. 

What does that even mean, calming foods? Certain foods are built up of vitamins and other things that help to keep order in your body.


sweet, guacamole, vegetable, avocado
Sarah Silbiger

Avocados are a great source of glutathione, a substance that blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage. This will keep your intestines in balance during a wacky few weeks. 


Most people don't just consume chamomile, but chamomile tea is a fan favorite for sure. Chamomile is known to be extremely soothing and it can even help you fall asleep at night. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea each day during Mercury retrograde will definitely keep your body balanced and calm. 


samphire, herb, vegetable, asparagus
Jenny Georgieva

Asparagus is a vegetable that is full of folic acid. Low levels of folic acid have been known to be linked to depression. If you eat foods high in folic acid, such as asparagus, you can lower your risk of depression, which will keep you feeling calmer and more balanced in your daily life. 


Jocelyn Hsu

Not only is honey delicious, but it's good for you and it can be mixed into chamomile tea (two birds with one stone). Honey is known to contain tryptophan, which helps reduce anxiety and relax your nerves. If you are anxious in any way, it's hard for your body to relax and stay calm. Another positive to honey is if you have seasonal allergies and buy local, it can help soothe your allergies. All you need to do is eat one spoonful each day.


sweet, vegetable, pasture, apple, banana
Jocelyn Hsu

Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium, which are known to be natural muscle relaxers. When your muscles are relaxed, your entire body tends to relax. If your body is relaxed, you will feel calm and balanced. 

Next time you're feeling out of sorts during a Mercury retrograde, keep these calming foods in mind to get you back on track.