I do tend to go along with this train of thought.
But my OP posited the scenario where your diet was restricted in some way, or the demands of your body were out of your normal routine.
In pursuit of my ridiculous high salary I normally find myself in conditions where the food is inedible, or poor quality, or working conditions are such that when you take off your coveralls you notice that they are always encrusted in dried salty sweat marks. That salty deposit must mean my body is losing minerals and It seems obvious that they need to be replenished.
okay full disclosure
On my last job in Africa the food was inedible or cooked to the level that along with destroying the bacteria, the essential nutrients also were destroyed.
I tried a low calorie diet. Essentially, I ate nothing but fresh fruit (mango, apple, orange and pineapple) twice a week I ate meat and fat of allegedly ovine origin but I reckon it was goat. No alcohol in the jungle and kept well hydrated. I was hungry 24/7 but never succumbed to snacking except for eating another slice of orange. 2weeks I lost 2 kilo!!! wtf!
When I got back home I received an email from my prospective employer that following the results of my medical test, and notwithstanding they had previously accepted me, had now, decided on the basis of me only having one kidney, wanted a kidney sufficiency test looking at Creatinine Urea, Nitrogen and electrolytes.
Dammit! But really I wasn’t too surprised as normally new employers want a cat scan to see if the cancer bitch has returned home. A blood test is easy.
My test results for kidney sufficiency were normal. Albeit in the nominally high side of normal. No big deal.
But I took the opportunity to actually get a full chemical 23 analysis of my blood. (hell they were going to pay for the test so why not.)
I sent off my kidney sufficiency results and was medically accepted, am soon off to my next assignment.
But other results came back that need addressing I THINK.
My lipid profile is crap! cholesterol 205 Triglycerides 301 HDL cholesterol 51 Aldl 117
This is a typical range for me for years. Even though I am mainly vegetarian. ( I will eat meat if I cant find anything decent veggie)
I take statins for the cholesterol. but cant get it below 200.
My uric acid was high again. 8.4 as opposed to 7.0 accepted normal max.
My mainstay of eating when I am home is lentil soup, curried lentils, mongo bean stew, and similar stuff if I am just cooking for myself. My alcohol consumption is higher than average. ( brit syndrome)
If you have read this long thank you.
I blame my diet. I am likely to face another such post in the future so was trying to gauge people’s experience through a variety of non-normal living conditions what I need to consider as supplements.
sorry its long